Opponents Wanted

Find Gaming Opponents!

Another new feature for Grognard.com, "Opponents Wanted" provides a quick and easy way to locate gaming opponents with similar gaming preferences. Requires site registration. Grognard.com Opponents Wanted



Gaming Clubs/Organizations

Gaming Clubs and Organizations

Please check out our new (and growing) database of gaming clubs and organizations world-wide. Please let us know of your gaming club, or any other clubs that you know about so we can make this a truly useful resource.



Spotlight Articles

Outstanding articles that are not necessarily linked to one particular game, but may have broad appeal to gamers.

Seeing the Elephant at Kasserine Pass. “Patton’s Payback: The Battle of El Guettar and Patton’s Rise to Glory”. Book Review

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"...explores a chapter of the US Army’s history that rarely gets much attention...". Ray Garbee reviews Patton's Payback The Battle of El Guettar and General Patton's Rise to Glory by Stephen L. Moore. While Ray has some quibbles about a couple aspects of the book, he nonetheless find an enjoyable read that is "…a good narrative into how combat is a test that separates true warrior leaders from the merely competent administrators."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 5/4/2022


Reflections on gaming not-Ukraine

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"...in our games the Russian military was far more adroit using [artillery] in a fluid battlespace than seems to be the case in Ukraine." Rex Brynen, in PAXsims, reflects on some semi-recent "not Ukraine" modern wargame exercises, and what light those games shed, or didn't shed, regarding the reality of the current war. For example, in an influence operations exercise, "...what worked looked very much like what has worked for the Ukrainians in the current war, right down to heroic leaders and cute memes."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 4/1/2022


In The Sailor’s Bookshelf, James Stavridis Tackles a Deep Subject – The Sea. Book Review.

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"...If you have any interest in the sea, the books on this list are bound to include several you will want to chase down." Ray Garbee reviews The Sailor's Bookshelf, Fifty Books to Know the Sea, by Adm. James Stavridis, USN (RET.). Check out why he is enthusiastic about a book that "…spans subjects and genres encompassing fiction, history, law, environmentalism and more!"

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 3/11/2022


Never Give Up! Never Surrender! The Tin Can Sailors Have Their Finest Hour in ‘The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors’. Book Review

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"At times, the book certainly puts the ‘graphic’ into the graphic novel." Ray Garbee reviews The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary WWII Story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour, a visual adaptation of what Ray considers to be the definitive book on the Battle off Samar in the Pacific theater of World War II. He makes clear that this is no lightweight comic book, but rather a powerful retelling of a "…battle should have been the big gun shootout the Navy’s battleship admirals had sought for years."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 3/2/2022


More Spotlight articles...


Gaming Conventions

Gaming Conventions

Another new feature for Grognard.com, the Gaming Convention calendar will make it a snap to keep up with all the latest gaming conventions in your area. But we need your gaming convention information, so please contribute.



Grognard News

New Grognard.com Management Coming Soon! (6/30/2022)

After about 8.5 years, Mark is finally passing the Grognard.com management torch over to new administrators at the end of June 2022. Please bear with us as we migrate the site to the new servers, and be patient if there are any hiccups along the way. Thanks for supporting the site with your visits for all these years! +Mark

No More Advertisements! (2/1/2022)

As of Feb 1st, there will be no more paid advertisements on Grognard.com, until the new Administrators are established, and decide how they want to handle site visitor support.

Grognard Opponents Wanted (10/15/2021)

Another new feature for Grognard.com, "Opponents Wanted" provides a quick and easy way to locate gaming opponents with similar gaming preferences. Requires site registration.

Gaming Conventions

New Gaming Conventions calendar. You can see all upcoming gaming conventions worldwide.

If you are sponsoring a board gaming convention of some type, or know of one that is not listed on Grognard.com, then please contact us and let us know!

Gaming Clubs/Organziations

New Gaming Clubs/Organizations listing. You can search for existing gaming clubs worldwide.

If you belong to a gaming club, or know of one, please drop us a line and let us know so we can get it listed on Grognard.com!

New Search Features

Now you can search for specific games (or games by publisher) using the new Game Search feature, located at the top right corner of the this page. In addition you can now harness the power of Google to search the entire Grognard.com site for any specific information you'd like. Just enter a search word or phrase into the Google box labeled "Search All of Grognard.com" and click magnifying glass button. Search features will continue to be improved and enhanced going forward so check back often to see the latest stuff.

Grognard Originals

In addition to our links to great content all around the internet, expect to see more Grognard.com "originals" in the future.

A Close Look at a Neglected Gem

Long overdue review of Victory Games' "Central America: America's Backyard War", written by Mark D.. In depth review covering rules, game features, and scenarios (one of the highlights of the game). Editor's note: I've been playing this game again after a long, long time, so I felt this article was worth re-publishing to maybe spark interest in the game...

Falling Sky - Perfect Opening Moves - Roman (updated)

Is there such a thing as a "Perfect Opening Move" in any of GMT's COIN Series games? Mark D. shares his idea of a "perfect" opening turn for the Romans in Falling Sky. Enjoy.

Editor's note added on 5/15/2021.

Higlanders - Scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975

Experimental scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975 created and shared by Mark D'Agosta.

Battle for Russia - Game Turn Restrictions Summary

I'm finally getting to play this game, and am looking forward to it. There are a decent amount of "special rules" and restrictions that apply to either the Axis or Soviet player, depending on which turn it is. Rather than flipping back and forth in the rule book, I made a quick & dirty cheat sheet for myself which I have been using, and thought I'd share it. If anyone sees anything that's incorrect, please let me know via email at mark at grognard dot com. (updated 4/11/2020 to include rules for ignoring Rivers - Axis only on Turn 1; both sides on Turn 2)

More Grognard Originals...


Grognard Challenge

Latest Challenge

Have a look at the graphics for the latest Challenge and see past solutions and contest winners.

Recommended (archives)

Wargaming - General Info

Board Wargames

Miniatures Wargames

Computer Wargames

Academic Gaming

Board Games

Internet Based/PBEM Games

Individual Wargamer Blogs

Wargaming Magazines

Asst Software/Player Aides

In Memoriam

Grognards Lost


New Management Coming to Grognard.com!

Grognard.com will soon be getting new management. After about 8.5 years, Mark will be passing the torch to new managers/administrators sometime during the month of June 2022. There will be additional communication and information about the new team as the time grows closer.

We will be reaching out to all Grognard.com registered users to confirm that you wish to continue to have access to sections of the site that require registration (i.e. Opponents Wanted, Grognard Challenge, etc.).

We have already begun the transition, so please be patient if there are any "hiccups" along the way.

Thanks for supporting Grognard.com with your visits over the years and we hope you'll continue to support this valuable gaming resource. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at Mark @ Grognard.com up until the end of June.

+Mark


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Methods of Playing Games via the Internet

Internet/Network Based Games and PBEM

(Archived Page)

Page last updated on 2/26/2021



The Internet can be used as a medium to play games. Playing this way overcomes the lack of local opponents and games are available whenever you want. Any board game can be Played By EMail (PBEM), as distinct from Playing By postal Mail (PBM). Please review the links below for more information. Please feel free to contact us with additions or corrections to the links below.

 

Playing Games via the Internet


There are a mailing list for discussing PBM games in general.

Richard Rognlie maintains a generic PBEM server which automatically runs a growing number of abstract board games.


BrettspielWelt allows live play of popular German board games over the Internet.


Imagine Image Multimedia - We broadcast miniature wargames!!!    [Updated on 24-Dec-2017]
On our site, you’ll find various links and applications that we use to conduct a miniatures game live, using Pan Tilt Zoom IP cameras, a/v chat software for audio and webcam conversations, and other features. Broadcasting miniatures games has come along way since the early days of our development in the technology. Members who wish to participate in the online game need only have a computer and chat function app to issue audio instructions to the judge running the game!


 

Board Wargames via Internet/Email

To PBEM a board wargame involves opponents exchanging records of the position and actions of units and rolling dice to determine outcomes. Software is available to help you do this.

Support for just about all the above packages is offered by PBeM Emporium.

There are a number of die rolling services for use in PBEM:-

A UNIX shell script and C source code for building an email die roller is available.

There is a dedicated die roller for Victory in the Pacific: email the word 'help' to vitpdice@dartmouth.East.Sun.COM for details.

Aide-de-Card (DOS), is a PBeM aid for two-player card games and card based games such as Up Front, We The People, Hannibal, or Down in Flames. Aide-de-Card allows players to set up a game by editing a description file that defines the cards in the deck:-

  • create a deck of cards using an ASCII text file
  • shuffle the deck, deal cards, play cards, etc
  • pass the "deck" between players as an ASCII text file

Thoth is a PBWeb card tool which manages cards (shuffling, drawing, flipping cards and so on. It can be used to play by email (PBEM) or as a "virtual tabletop" where two participants use custom decks in a live match. It can handle card-based games like Up Front, Down in Flames and, in the near future, should be capable of handling games like Hannibal.

The Automated Card Tracking System is a PBEM aid for handling the cards used in 30 Years War, Blue vs Gray, For The People, Hannibal, Paths of Glory, Republic of Rome, Successors, Titan, We The People and Wilderness War but can have other card sets added.

Cryptographic software can be used in PBEM for hidden movement, hidden picks, allowing players to both GM and play in a multiplayer PBEM and to validate secret treaties. Sealed virtual envelopes can also be used for hidden movement.

Opponents for many board wargames can be found by posting to: Consim-l, rec.games.board, rec.games.pbm or the Consimworld Discussion Board. Eric Pass maintains a list of board wargames people want to PBEM. Taiaut!is a free site (in French) for gamers wanting to PBEM games by Avalon hill, Victory Games, The Gamers, Clash of Arms, and so on.

 For a small fee you can find opponents by joining the Avalon Hill Intercontinental Kriegspiel Society (AHIKS), an international, non-profit organization dedicated to PBM and PBEM board wargaming. A rating system for AHIKS members exists called AREA for PBM games.

Hexwar.com offers the interactive online play of a number of SPI and Decision Games board wargames. Vassal offers real-time play (using Java) of a growing range of games..

Finally there is a web page which runs miniature wargames via the web, allowing players to view battles by means of photographs.


 

Computer Wargames

Sites organising PBEM/networked computer wargames:

PBEM facilities for particular computer wargames:

Some computer games can be played interactively via the Internet: the Multiplayer Combat Simulations page gives a list of these.


 

Network Wargames/Games

There are a growing number of games which can only be played via a network, typically the Internet. Collections of such games can be found at: